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SUNDARBANS - home of Royal Bengal Tiger
Royal Bengal Tiger at Sunderban National Park Along the extreme southern reaches of West Bengal, the state resembles a coconut palm leaf seen in big close up. The land is split by numerous rivers and water channels all employing into the blue of Bay of Bengal. And throughout the soiled ground is covered by dense forest and vast saline mud flats.

This is the area known as Sundarban. The biggest estuarine forest in the world. There are no roads in the watery wilderness. The waterways are the only path ways in to the heart of the forest Sunderbans is actually composed of 54 tiny Island.

The Forest -
Dense, sometimes impenetrable undergrowth of Goran between six and twelve feet high cover almost the whole of Sunderbans. The timber for this one of the toughest in Indian forest, the rest of fauna consist of clumps of Hantal, dhundal, Passur Sundram, Kepra & Kankra. The forest can be botanically termed as salt water heritiera type.
What identifies Sunderbans are vast Mangogrove forest with their bayonet like roots protruding out of location to let the trees breathe.

The life with the Forest -
The forest is the natural habitat of the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, jungle cat, fishing cat, Axis deer , wild pig, other and the largest estuarine crocodiles in the world. Among the birds there are Herous egrets and storks.

Cormorants and sea gulls, variety of ferns as you sail closer to the sea kingfishers dive-bomb and come up with wriggling silvery prey seasonal birds like whimbrel, black tailed God wit, Eastern knot and curfew, sand pipers, golden plovers, lesser whistling teats visit regularly.

Getting to Sunderbans
Access -
 Crocodile at Sunderbans Tiger Sanctuary Sundarban is accessible only by riverine waterways. Embarkation points can be reached by Chaining, Basantid, Namkhana which are connected from Calcutta.

Approx distance of embarkation points from Calcutta.
Calcutta : Canning 54 kms
Calcutta : Basanti 100 kms
Calcutta :Namkhana 105 kms.

Best time to visit :
Best time to visit Sunderbans is between September and March. Specially in winter to catch a view of the migratory birds.

Entry Formalities
A general river cruise needs no approval. But to visit places outside the core area, permission should be taken from the authorities( for example Tiger Project Area including Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary and other places of Sunderbans).

DO'S AND DON'TS
  • Always engage a govt. approved guide
  • Don't swim or bathe in the rivers. There are sharks and crocodiles.
  • Carry mosquito repellents, medicines and water purifying tablets.
  • Don't go outside the boundaries of the Tourist Lodge and Tiger Projects.
  • Don't leave your possessions unattended outside or in an anchored boat because of monkeys
  • Don't play music (transistors etc.) at all. By doing so, you may disturb the animals and lessen your chances of seeing any wildlife.
Weather Information
Summer MAX TEMP. 35 C ( Mid- March - September)
Winter MIN TEMP. 20 C ( September - February)
Rainfall 1800 mm ( Mainly in June - July )